House measure would sanction Iran for detaining pastor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee has passed a measure calling on Iran to release an Idaho pastor who's been held for more than a year and was recently moved to a prison housing dangerous criminals.

Iranian-born American Pastor Saeed Abedini was starting an orphanage in Iran when he was arrested and later sentenced to eight years in prison for undermining state security.

The Obama administration has been urging Congress to hold off on new sanctions against Iran, saying they could jeopardize the delicate talks that resumed in Geneva Wednesday on curbing Iran's nuclear program.

But Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., argued at the House hearing that Iran should show good faith in the negotiations by releasing Abedini.

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